QUOTE(BMeister @ Apr 27 2009, 02:40 AM)
I want to be a very good flight instructor
I am so very glad to hear this, with this mindset, you are well on your way.
I've put a CV together (English word for Resume) which is approximately a page long, I was advised to try to keep everything to a page long. any suggestions to the type of things you think are very important to have stated on there?
You mean CV as the Latin Curriculum Vitae I presume.
One page is a good idea all the time, it prevents your recruiter from making a paper airplane straight to the trash can, because it is too long. You want to put the obvious on there, ratings, radio certificate, medical, etcetera. For the rest mention any prior jobs were you were given some responsibility, and bullet point those areas of responsibility. If you don't have any of that don't worry there is a way to circumvent this weakness. Mention any schooling that is relevant to aviation, the rest won't matter, unless you need to create some fluff, which happens when it is a first job.
I highly discourage you from putting anything about your pastimes and lifestyle, that is none of their business and can be detrimental. Finally, if you have gotten any achievement through work, school, community, military, that highlight your integrity, morals, list them.
Don't give out references, just list them as available on request. That information is none of their business, unless they want to talk to you.
As a first time job seeker in aviation I highly suggest that you concentrate on your cover letter, or introduction letter (for us Europeans). That will be your major selling point. Make it a single page, obviously, three paragraphs (intro/body/conclusion). Plan on the whole thing to be about a third to half of the whole page (you want them to read it). In there, sell yourself for the future, tell them what is it you want to achieve, the areas that you are strong with, the ones that will be beneficial to them, so on, so forth. Highlight your personal qualities, integrity, morals, dependability, will to be superior in your results, ability to work with a team (as a leader and a follower).
You get the idea.
Whatever you do, never point fingers, never burn bridges, but don't pass out to be naive either (that is somewhat tricky). Whenever you deal with them, you want to talk long term future, it reassures an employer, so that they don't start thinking that you are going to bail out 3 months down the road with all the training they will have invested in you.
As far as the editing of your CV and intro letter, make it out so that it reflects your future work...IMPECCABLE. Stick with what works, no funky fonts, only 2 font sizes (one for headers, one for body of text), watch that your margins line up, and that from a distance of about 6 feet, you can clearly see the different parts of your documents. You want to stand out from the stack of papers by your attention to details, not your exuberance.
When going to an interview always show up with 2 to 3 copies of your CV and intro letter, in case there is a few interviewers that don't have their own, that will show them you are ready for the unexpected.
A few last things, in the US you don't put pictures of yourself with a CV, it is actually part of a law against discrimination, so don't volunteer those sort of things. Write everything in American, not Queen's English; programme is program, Aerodrome is airport, whilst is while; That in itself will prevent people from losing the thread of what they are reading because of unusual orthography. Speaking of orthography, and conjugation, you are not very good at it, so I recommend dictionary.com
and a few reviews of your artwork by some of your friends or family members. You may want to work on this for the long term by having someone give you a dictation every now and then, this will help you greatly. Your spelling is a direct reflection to your attention to detail and professionalism, which in aviation is quintessential.
When I say this, it is all in good spirit, the ones who point out your mistakes, are the ones who actually care!